About John Maine
Sometimes I really, really, really hate when I’m right. For example, in regard to John Maine.
Loyal readers may remember this paragraph I wrote about a week ago:
“As mentioned more than a few times this season on MetsToday, John Maine has a minor mechanical flaw in his delivery that is causing his command to be off. If he keeps it up, he’ll have more issues than not throwing strikes – he’ll blow out his shoulder.”
As it turned out, he did not fix his flaw, and has since been diagnosed with “a mild strain of the rotator cuff”.
Of course, if you can find the time to read my dry postgame analyses, you would have read this Nostradamus-like prediction (items in bold added for emphasis):
Maine described his “shoulder tightness” as “a pain in the back of my shoulder”. That’s not good – the back of the shoulder is where the rotator cuff resides. John’s mechanical flaw that we covered last week IS without a doubt the reason for the pain. He’s slowly tearing his rotator, and the MRI will show at the very least a strain. Bet on this: the MRI will show something inconclusive, the Mets will describe the injury as either “a shoulder strain”, “a strain of the rotator cuff”, or “tendinitis”, and announce he’ll miss his next start. What they should do, is put him on the 15-day DL right away. What will happen instead, is John will assure everyone he’s fine, he’ll pitch through the pain, and damage his shoulder even worse – while pitching poorly.
Once in a while, I know what I’m talking about. Just pointing this out for those of you who count on MetsToday for intelligent analysis — you’ve made the right choice.
By the way, you can read more about why John Maine injured his shoulder, and how further damage can be avoided, by reading my article today on Gotham Baseball.